Very Nice CC – every time I have an opportunity to take a camera into a venue I do, even if it is bending the rules a slight bit. Concerts and other events where there is stage lighting always is a true test.
The last time I went to the circus but didn’t fair too well with photos. I was able to sneak my 7D in but only had a 24-70 on me and it just did not have the reach to do any justice. I could get the shots but just too far away, needed a longer lens to get in a little tighter for better light control.
What I usually do is a little social engineering before going in to the venue. I look for any person, usually older or about my age [I’m 42, if that helps] that looks like they are technologically challenged to get my gear in. On this night, if I would have guessed it was going to be so easy to get it in, I would have brought a bigger lens. Oh well.